Ancient Forms for the Modern Eye April 2018 - Page 138



XXXIV
Chimu Crab Effigy Stirrup Vessel
Late Intermediate Period – Late Horizon: 1100 – 1530 A.D.
Ceramic
Overall: 6 3/4 x 6 x 6 1/8 in. (17.1 x 15.2 x 15.6 cm)
This is a realistic crab effigy vessel with stirrup spout, protruding eye
balls and open claws ready to pinch together its prey. Most Chimú vessels
were made using molds, this one being no exception. The top and lower
sections of the crab were formed from molds, as well as the stirrup and
the spout. However, the protruding eyes were appliquéd onto the piece
while the clay was still moist.
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